May Book Reviews (The Power of Self-Coaching and Daring Greatly)

Since my April book review, I’ve read two books. “The Power of Self-Coaching: The Five Essential Steps to Creating the Life You Want” by Joseph J. Luciani, Ph.D AND “Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead” by Brené Brown. And the reviews are below.

I’d love to know 2 things in the comments:

  1. Have you read these books? What did you think?
  2. What should I read next month? If it’s already on my to-read list, it’s probably a shoe in. You can see that here.

The Power of Self-Coaching by Joseph J. Luciani, Ph.D.
I enjoyed the way this book is written, very conversational. It’s easy to read and has great examples sprinkled through the chapters.

And there are very straight forward quizzes in most of the chapters to help you identify what you might want to work on. Later it gives you 5 steps to help you work on the areas you identified.

I found this book to be very informative, interesting, and laid out well, but the true power of the book is in implementation. When you actually do the exercises and take the work into your every day life.

Daring Greatly by Brené Brown Ph.D., LMSW
I don’t think you can underestimate my respect for Brené Brown. I’ve heard her as a guest on one of my very favorite podcasts, The Good Life Project, and she has two extremely well know TED talks. I think she’s absolutely brilliant. She walks her talk and shares her journey of that process.

This book continues the conversation from The Gifts of Imperfection. She continued her research and this book is that work. And, of course, she shares some of her journey in the process.

When you read this book, don’t forget to look at the “Reading Guide” at the back before you start. I finished the book and started paging through the Notes and Index. Suddenly I found myself looking at questions and quotes from the book to help you think about what you’re reading and how it’s showing up, or how to apply it, in your own life. HOW DID I MISS THAT?! Well, I don’t know. But hopefully you’ll remember it’s there.


All in all, I read two absolutely fabulous books. I highly recommend both of them.

Let me know if you’ve read them and what you thought in the comments below.

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